Small-form-factor (SFF) rugged data recorder for UAVs, aircraft, and military vehicles introduced by Pentek

Aug. 12, 2019
Small-form-factor data recorder can capture and digitize sensor data from radar systems and RF downconverters that use VITA 17.1 sFPDP protocol.

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. – Pentek Inc. in Upper Saddle River, N.J., is introducing the model RTX 2596 Talon small-form factor (SFF) high-speed, high-performance, rugged data recorder for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), aircraft pods, tight equipment bays, military vehicles, and most outdoor environments.

The deployable model RTX 2596 can record and play back four Serial Front Panel Data Port (sFPDP) data streams, and supports baud rates to 4.25 gigabaud and has options for multi-mode or single-mode optical interfaces. It can capture and digitize sensor data from radar systems and RF downconverters that use the lightweight VITA 17.1 sFPDP protocol.

The VITA 17.1 specification provides standard sFPDP features such as flow control, copy/loop mode and CRC error checking. The Talon RTX 2596 data recorder also provides playback capabilities to enable users to operate the system as either a receiver or a transmitter.

The Talon RTX 2596 SFF recorder weighs 18 pounds and is designed for extreme operating environments. Optimized for small size, weight and power (SWaP), the rugged sealed half-ATR recorder is available with as much as 61 terabytes of removable solid-state drive data storage.

The RTX SFF recorder chassis also keeps all electronics sealed from the external environment. The half-ATR chassis uses military standard circular I/O connectors to control RF emissions while protecting the rugged recorder's electronics from humidity, water, dust, sand, and salt fog.

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The Talon RTX SFF chassis seals the internal electronics from the outside environment by extracting heat through conduction to an air-cooled inner plenum. A thermostat-controlled, removable fan pulls air into the front of the chassis, through the plenum and then out the back of the chassis.

Only the fan is exposed to the outside environment to protect system electronics in the sealed chassis. The inner plenum can be replaced to provide other cooling options, such as liquid or conduction cooling. Designed to operate in temperatures from -40 to 60 degrees Celsius, these recorders can handle most thermal environments.

Pentek's QuickPac drive pack can be removed from the recorder via captive thumb screws on the front panel to enable users to replace a full one for short down times and extended missions. For secure applications, a separate operating system drive can be removed.

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